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Ata and Journey to the West

October 23, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


UCLA Film & Television Archive; UCLA Confucius Institute; UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; UCLA Center for Chinese Studies; Stephen Lesser; Confucius Institute Headquarters; UCLA Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library presents

Ata (China, 2014), directed by Chakme Rinpoche

Tianyu is a sightless boy whose mother believes his only chance for a future is to become a champion disabled Ping Pong player. Tianyu has other ideas—envisioning a much wider world than his mother understands. When he goes missing, she is forced to see things as he does in this beautiful, spiritually suffused debut feature from Tibetan writer-director Chakme Rinpoche.

SCR: Chakme Rinpoche. EXEC. PROD: Jiang Yanjiang. CAST: Wang Ning, Jiao Gang, Meng Tianyu

DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 94 min.

Followed by:

Journey to the West (France/Taiwan, 2014), directed by Tsai Ming-liang

Malaysian-Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang reinterprets the spiritual allegory of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West as cinematic performance art. With mesmerizing slowness, a Buddhist monk (played by Tsai’s alter ego Lee Kang-sheng) inches forward through the streets of Marseille. Along the way Tsai’s camera reveals a delicate interplay of concentration, urbanism and everyday life.

CAST: Lee Kang-sheng, Denis Lavant

IN PERSON: Chakme Rinpoche, Jiang Jiayan, theater director Peter Sellars

Note: this screening takes place at the James Bridges Theater. Chakme Rinpoche will lead a group meditation open to audience members from 9–9:25 a.m. in the UCLA Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the theater where the film will screen at 9:45 a.m. Chai tea will be served after the meditation.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


October 23, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States